Saturday, July 31, 2010

Transfer-Eze Embroidery Magic

Lots of us have been having a wonderful time using Transfer-Eze, the NEW water soluble film on paper backing you can use with your printer.  Instead of the tedious task of tracing embroidery designs onto fabric you can print the design on the Transfer-Eze.T-Efilm I printed a snowmen for a new design twice – one for Embroidery and one for Needle Felting on wool fabric.  Just pull the Transfer-Eze film off the paper backing.  To conserve the paper, I cut off one snowman and still have 2/3 of the paper left to print on again later!

Dark fabrics are nearly impossible to trace an embroidery design on as the light from your light box doesn’t go through the dark fabric.  Transfer-Eze is just the ticket!  Finger press your printed design on the dark fabric.  I found the Transfer-Eze adhered better to the fabric after the fabric was washed to remove the sizing. The printed design shows beautifully on the film pressed on the dark red fabric. DarkFabricThis is going to be EASY to embroider!  Add your hoop (we like the Morgan No-Slip Hoop the best) and get stitching.  This is a “reverse RedWork” snowman using DMC Ecru #8 Perle Cotton on dark red cotton instead of my usual Turkey Red Perle Cotton on our heavy weight muslin.

Stitching through the Transfer-Eze is no problem….just embroider as usual.  The film is so thin you can hardly tell it is on the fabric.  I found no drag  and no accumulation of sticky stuff StitchinOnRedon my needle.  The design is easy to see.  Also, if you don’t stitch exactly on the design lines – NO PROBLEM – later there will be no lines left to see!  Wonderful!DisolvingTransfer-Eze

Dissolving the Transfer-Eze is QUICK & EASY.  Just place in the sink with cold water.  I couldn’t wait so I watched the film dissolve as the water filled the sink…neat.  

FinishedOrnamentThe finished snowman turned out great and will be a fun NEW ornament.  Using the Transfer-Eze made it simple to get the design on fabric too dark to see with a light box.  Next we’ll be using the Transfer-Eze on wool fabric for Needle Felting.

Check out the Needle Felting on our blog soon!  Give Transfer-Eze a try, just go to www.BirdBrainDesigns.net to find it quickly.
Enjoy!

26 comments:

  1. This looks like a very neat product-----thanks for sharing!

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  2. I had heard about this product but wasn't sure how it worked. There are several projects I have that would work great with transfer-eze.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. Gracias Por su artículo tan Interesante .

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  4. Love this product, I have to have it, lol.
    I do have that problem and always use light fabrics, this will be much easier and no more chalk pencils.

    Debbie

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  5. I used transfer-eze to do a complex castle design that I did. I knew that I wouldnt be able to trace all the details. It worked wonderfully!!!! I just printed my design, added it to my fabric and stitched away. It dissolves so quick, best product I have found in a long while. Everyone who does needlework should try it.

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  6. I am better than 1/3 done with one of the Friendship Garden blocks, using Transfer-Eze. I can't wait to finish the block to see how it comes out. I am also enjoying the design.
    Thanks Kendall for suggesting it.
    Froma

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  7. I just tried Transfer-Eze for the first time and I am impressed :-) As it was not convenient for me to use the printer today I usedd a pencil and it worked very well too!

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  8. What if it take you a long time to finish your project? Does "transfer-eze" fade? I tend to start a few projects at a time and it may take me a good 6 months (or so) to finish! :)

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  9. Hi,
    I love this product. I don't have any problems stitching into the transfer-eze and the fabric. The needle goes in very smoothly. My stitches are even. I love it even though it is a bit expensive. It does save a lot of time when downloading a pattern from the internet. Great Stuff!!!!
    Nora

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  10. When you use this product will the color of the thread run as you wash the transfer-eze away? Really need to know.
    Thank You

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  11. A friend and I used to make our own fabrics with Transfer-Eze, by bunching threads or ribbons or anything we could find together then stitching them up on the sewing machine. Once you dissolve the fabric, what once was a loose mess of odds and ends becomes something usable that we would carry around everywhere! Not sure if we still would today, but that's another use for it =) Great tutorial, thanks!

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  12. I have just finished my first product using Transfer-Eze and just love it!! I traced the design to the Transfer-Eze using a mechanical pencil, but was wondering what would be the best thing to use when tracing designs rather than printing from a printer?
    thanks for introducing this product!!
    Char

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  13. Someone asked if the printing on transfer eze fades after a time and I say yes it does. I have been working on one of the "garden" projects and I keep the original close by to check to see if I am doing the smaller parts correctly.

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  14. Just a note about using a copy machine. Before I got my copy machine for Christmas I went to two places in town and asked if they would copy the pattern onto transfer eze and they said no because if it got stuck in their machines I would cost them a lot to fix it.
    So I asked one of my friends with a copy machine to copy for me and it went through just fine.

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  15. I haven't done any embroidery for years, since I started quilting in fact, but these snow people are just adorable & I would like to try making them! Thank you so much!

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  16. I have used transfer eze three times using the lightes setting on my ink jet printer in black.I have had it leave a light blue color on my white white high end cotton material. This ink residue will not come out. I will only try it again on a dark color.

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  17. Hello,
    I am new to transfer-eze and was wondering do you copy the pattern onto the paper you take off or the mesh side? Please help with my confusion in Spokane WA.
    TIA,
    Peggy S
    craftypeg@yahoo.om

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    1. hope you got your question answered, you want the printing to be on the mesh side, so when you are done you can wash it away.

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  18. I do like this product, but of course it is a 1/2 smaller in width than the Sulky Fabri-solvy. I do use both. However NEVER use with a laser printer.

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  19. Hello-I only have an Aol account so I can't use the birdbraindesigns.blogspot.net website to copy these directions. I tried emailing them to myself and that doesn't work either.Any suggestions? Thanks Cindy

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  20. Directions on using transfer-eze on fabric for embroidery. I tried copying the directions to my email account on Aol with no luck. Hoping someone can help me? Thank you! Cindy

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  21. In both canvas work and surface embroidery an embroidery hoop or frame can be used to stretch the material and ensure even stitching tension that prevents pattern distortion. Modern canvas work tends to follow symmetrical counted stitching patterns with designs emerging from the repetition of one or just a few similar stitches in a variety of hues. In contrast, many forms of surface embroidery make use of a wide range of stitching patterns in a single piece of work..
    Custom Embroidery Digitizing

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  22. looking for a pre-printed embroidery design on transfer-eze. Do they make such a thing? I saw a friend with some and she did not remember where she got them. She had a variety of stitches. Help!

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  23. I just tried Transfer-Eze for the first time and I am impressed :-) As it was not convenient for me to use the printer today I usedd a pencil and it worked very well too!

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